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Understanding Special Educational Needs

A Guide for Student Teachers, 1st Edition

By Michael Farrell


176 pages

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Teachers need to be fully equipped to respond to diversity in today's classrooms now more than ever before. The Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status and Induction Standards are now the driving force behind initial teacher education, and students will need to demonstrate their competence against these, and in particular, their understanding of Special Educational Needs in today's inclusive classrooms. Each chapter of this indispensable text explores an important topic within SEN and directly relates it to the competencies, making it an essential course companion. Chapters on topics relating to the code of practice, school policy, literacy and numeracy, ICT, emotional and behavioural difficulties and dealing with parents all follow a similar template, which includes:

  • a commentary on the relevant professional standards
  • contextualising of the standards
  • what teachers can do to promote effective practice.

Detailed referencing will lead students to pursue more detailed individual texts, which address many of the issues in greater depth. This is an ideal, highly accessible text for student and new qualified teachers who need a reliable introduction to today's vital issues within Special Educational Needs.


'This is undoubtedly a significant book which will rightly take its place as a standard text in teacher education…The author is a meticulous and distinguished academic and leaves few stones unturned.' - British Journal of Special Education

'Highly readable and easy to follow.' - TES extra for Special Educational Needs

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Defining and distinguishing special educational needs 3. Inclusion 4. The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 5. Equal opportunities and local SEN policy 6. Raising educational achievement and the use of Individual Education Plans 7. Literacy and numeracy 8. Information and communications technology 9. Resources 10. Emotional, behavioural and social difficulties 11. Developing one's teaching 12. Assessment, recording and reporting 13. Partners and participants

About the Author

Michael Farrel is a special educational consultant with LEAs and universities. He is very well known in the field of SEN and has published widely

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / General